Pregnancy Week 37: The Final Weeks

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2016/07/01 by nikkiledford

37 weeks pregnant

Here’s a few updates about how the pregnancy is going!

Fitness

The past 6 weeks have been filled with lots of packing, moving, and projects. My yoga practice kind of fell back to 2-3x a week and I’ve swapped weight lifting for a homeowner’s life of cleaning, organizing, stacking boxes, and yard work. I’ve also continued to walk A TON especially since my new neighborhood is super walkable!

Bridge Walk

Nutrition

I was hoping to be a bit more vigilant about nutrient-density during these final months, but with the craziness of moving my new mantra became “eat… eat now.” I basically became the queen of protein bars.

Now that things have slowed down, I’ve gotten a little bit better at making ACTUAL meals and not just chomping away on whatever is closest and fastest.

I’ve also been chowing down on tons of summer berries and melons, still taking my probiotics, and including high-quality yogurt and sauerkraut.

Watermelon Soup

If I had the money, I’d be purchasing turmeric shots everyday to help with inflammation. Those should be helpful during the postpartum window depending on the craziness of my birth experience.

Here are some other nutritional supports for pregnancy and labor!

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, Recommended for joint health. (check out my last post for a recipe!)
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, Recommended for toning the uterus before labor.
Dates, Six per day! Recommended to shorten labor.
Pineapple, may help induce labor.

Symptoms

It definitely feels like my pelvis is splitting in two. Which is… not fun, but I imagine a welcome sensation compared to birth.

Week 37 had me like …ZZZZZZ. Seriously, so tired you guys. I wake up tired, drive tired, eat tired, basically everything tired. I’ve heard that there’s a last minute burst of energy right before labor so I at least I now have something to compare it to!

Preparation

Washing Things. You know… things. Like bed sheets, clothes, window sills. I imagine my life is about to become especially messy.

Spinning Babies. A website with great recommendations on how to get baby into optimal birthing position.

Atlas Nursery

Rearranging the Nursery. Just keeping busy and making it a special place for my little guy when he shows up! But for now it’s a calm, quiet, and great spot for doing yoga!

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2 thoughts on “Pregnancy Week 37: The Final Weeks

  1. NoSanchez says:

    You look great

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